New Year’s Eve of 2020 was like any other, however, within days we began to hear the word Covid-19. With each day the disease began to take over our daily life, in the news and full of restrictions.

When we were first encouraged to wear a mask, I was not really excited about the concept of having something over my nose. I had been given one of those everyday blue models and upon trying it on, I felt like I was going to suffocate.

The incessant reminders about needing to wear a mask on the radio or TV were designed to make people feel guilty, especially in order to induce them to do something they really didn’t want. Each time I was out and about, more and more people were wearing the mask, usually the popular blue one. Making those of us not properly adorned feel guilty and fearing being taken to task. Proving those ads worked.

The plain blue mask was an opportunity to drag out the sewing machine and be creative. Friends were making masks for family and friends out of every scrap of left-over fabric from the last dress or drapery project. I love to sew, just not masks. In my wildest imagination, I never thought about wearing a mask, not even as a Halloween costume.

When I succumbed to the order of wearing a mask, I gave no thought to makeup. So, I went ahead with my usual makeup regime, giving no thought about it coming off on the inside of the mask.

One day as I was putting on makeup, I realized that all but my eye makeup was on the inside of the darn mask. That made me realize that I was wasting makeup if I wasn’t going to take the mask off in public.

Why waste an expensive blush or lipstick on the inside of the mask?

On the other hand, what if I forgot about not having makeup on and ripped that mask off leaving a semi-finished makeup job?


My daughter has given me several patterned masks, but now that it’s being suggested that we wear two, do we need two in the same pattern or patterns that go together or complementary colors?

I just tried on two masks. The patterned fabric mask makes a statement, but they are also lined with another fabric and if you wear two that’s four pieces of fabric over one’s nose. If I thought I was going to suffocate in the flimsy blue number, I’d suffocate for sure with four layers of fabric to try and breathe through.

Author Nancy Stevens in her mask

May the mask never become permanent.


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